Download e-book for kindle: Fragments of the Present (Asian Studies Association of by Philip Taylor

By Philip Taylor

ISBN-10: 0824824172

ISBN-13: 9780824824174

This booklet explores in anthropological phrases the cultural id of the folks of the Vietnamese South because the Vietnam battle ended. the writer describes southern Vietnam's postwar heritage, the impression of political and fiscal adjustments, regulations in the direction of tune and pop culture, shifts in country ideology, and the contrasting fortunes of city and rural groups. Philip Taylor spent a substantial time in a Mekong delta village venture ethnographic study into rural cultural id. He describes the villagers' view of historical past and their feel of current decline, contrasting this with nation and concrete interpretations of the southern region's "modernity" over an identical interval.

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A typically American bourgeois ideology was devised and propagated as the ‘national interest’ and ‘nationalist’; there was an Americanized culture, and for twenty years, the enemy did their best to destroy the fine cultural traditions and revolutionary spirit of our people, to destroy the souls and undermine the human dignity of our compatriots. au 92 CHANDOS STREET ST LEONARDS NSW 2065 31 140 × 215 32 FRAGMENTS OF THE PRESENT millions of quislings turned into mercenary soldiers, against the revolution, millions of others were ensnared in the American way of life, namely the prostitutes, hooligans, ruffians, drug-addicts, superstitious people (Ha Huy Giap 1978:17).

The representations, issuing from the pens and typewriters of state employed intellectuals, set the co-ordinates of existence within which the population at large were to orient their lives. Representation played a key motivational role in the regime’s mobilisational approach to administration. Through a socialist realist maxim, results were always represented as being well on the way to achievement; ‘the people’, as agents of history, were represented as ‘inevitably’ overcoming the obstacles they faced.

The flaunting of southern consumer wealth was very often driven by desperation on the part of unemployed southern householders (Long and Kendall 1981). However, from the perspective of the new authorities, the profusion of merchandise in the streets represented a provocation and an immense danger. Northern soldiers had been told their southern cousins were starving and decimated by disease under the tyranny of the US presence. Some had even brought humble packets of food for relatives. 8 Northern soldiers and administrative cadres alike were agog as the immense consumer wealth of the South was extruded into public thoroughfares, unexpectedly turning liberators into inadvertent browsers and window shoppers wherever they went about their business.

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